Richard L. Wood

Richard L. Wood

Richard “Dick” L. Wood of Kalamazoo passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice House.

He was the son of Fred J. and Alice Wood of Otsego. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Margaret and Gertrude; brothers, William and Robert and his first wife of 60 years, Eleanor.

His loving memory is now shared by his wife, Donna; daughters, Holly (Dennis) Swincicki, Kandie Wood and Leslie (Robert) Dreger; grandchildren, Michael (Heather) Henderson, Elizabeth (Eric) Baldwin, Katelynd Dreger and Allyson (Jonathon) Lowis; 5 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson. He also extended his love to 3 step-daughters; 7 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren.

Dick loved the Lord and was very dedicated to his church. He also was involved with Christian Neighbors lending his hand to help others. He loved sports, playing cards and was a true craftsman woodworker. Dick spent over 40 years with State Farm Insurance as an agent and manager.

His life was a wonderful example to his family, friends and anyone he met. His spirit will live on in those he loved.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday September 28, 2018 at the Otsego Church of God with Pastor Stephen Burrow officiating.

A private family burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Dick may be made to Otsego Church of God, Christian Neighbors or to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.

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  1. Kelley Dendel says:

    Donna and Family, My deepest condolences to you! Dick was such a special man… giving of himself to so many. He will be missed.

  2. Lynne (Bullock) Livingston says:

    Dear family of Mr. Wood. As a child we were always to call people Mr. and Mrs. So that is how I remember him. Many nice times shared with Mr. n Mrs. Wood, growing up with the girls. Especially Leslie. I always enjoyed their input with our Sunday school class as well as their beautiful voices in our COG choir! I will treasure a beautiful wooden bowl he made of my walnut tree a few years back. Hugs and prayers for the family. Hold on to the sweet memories!

  3. SUE DENSHAM says:

    Leslie, Kandie, and Holly, your dad was a very special person in the life of my family and though we haven’t seen him much in the past few years, I will always remember all the good times we had. Especially the Sunday dinners after church, where he showed Clint & Jen how to blow the paper off the straw at someone. I’m sure it made their father cringe, but that was Dick. Your mom and dad were always there for us even after I moved to Battle Creek. You have my deepest sympathy and I will be praying for you and your families. Love, Sue

  4. Sue Lindsey says:

    Holly, Kandie, Leslie, and families…So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing…..I always remember all the fun we all had at family get togethers !!! Keep your memories close….God gained another Angel….he will always be watching over you !!! Prayers and hugs to you all All My Love, Sue

  5. Auntie Barb and Uncle Kerry says:

    We have so very many special memories of Dick..I personally remember Dick riding his bike from the farm house he was raised in way out in the country..to our house on East Franklin Street … just to see his girl friend, my older sister Eleanor. Eleanor later became the wife of this hard working, dedicated man. Even as a kid, Dick had a sense of humor! On one of his bike trips to see Eleanor I remember him asking me “DID YOU EVER SEE A MATCH BURN TWICE?” Me being a little girl of maybe 10 years replied “NOOO”..”DO YOU WANT TO ” Dick said..”YA”. I said with great enthusiasm!! Then Dick began to show me..OUCH!! HE LAUGHED, I CRIED AND HE APOLOGIZED TO ME. It did in fact burn twice.!
    As adults Kerry and I have had many wonderful times with Eleanor and Dick, playing cards, sharing meals, blending our families with fun times. Taking trips together..just wonderful memories we made together..Those times are treasured.
    Our prayers go out for Donna and our precious nieces and their families. This is a difficult time, but knowing you can see him again is a special comfort that Father God will give all who believe that Jesus Christ died and rose again so their sins could be forgiven and they too can have an ETERNITY in HIS presence… God bless you all and our prayers continue for you to be comforted IN HIM.

  6. Wendy Hendricks Moyer says:

    Holly, Kandie, Leslie and families – my heart and prayers are with you all. How comforting to know your Dad is with the Lord. Sending hugs to you all.
    Love, Wendy

  7. Randy and Mary Lober says:

    We are so sorry to learn of the loss of your father. May you have the strength you need to get through.

  8. Aunt Sheri says:

    My Heart filled Prayers, go out to Donna and my Beautiful nieces and their families, This is such a difficult time..I feel an empty Place that your Dad could only fill here on earth. I was proud to call him my brother.. And what a blessing and peace of mine to know that Dick will rest in the Arms of our Father God….. Your Dad was a Christian, STRONG, LOVING, CARING,TENDER MAN…. that loved his family with all his HEART,and was there with a helping hand for all in NEED!! Dick will be GREATLY missed by all, and Blessed, to have had him in there lives..Father God has welcomed Home one of HIS GREAT WARRIORS.Love an.God Bless !!!

  9. Cal & Joann Bushhouse says:

    Donna, Holly, Kandie & Leslie – our sympathy and prayers to you as you mourn the loss of a Husband & Father – Hugs & our Love, Cal & Joann

  10. Craig and Lorna Sisson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your wonderful dad. He was a prominent and very respected man in Otsego and this area. May your wonderful memories comfort you. God bless.

  11. Ron and Nancy Feniger says:

    Holly, Kan, Leslie, Donna and families – our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as we celebrate the life of your Dad and spouse. May God turn your tears to twinkles in your eyes as you remember him with love. God bless you all.
    With love, Nancy and Ron

  12. Merian Johnson says:

    Kandie and family members my thoughts my prayers are with you . May God bless you and keep you .

  13. Connie Bennett says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Dick’s passing-When my father passed away we got a beautiful card from them
    Your mom & my mom have the same name so I knew I better remember your mom.
    My dad used to stop by the insurance office and picked up an ad for the Shopper’s Guide.
    Your dad will never be forgotten by all those that knew him and his family.
    Gentle hugs to all of you.

  14. SANDY HOLLAND says:

    DEAR FAMILY, MY HEART IS SAD TO HEAR OF DICK’S PASSING, HE WAS A SWEET MAN WITH A LOVING HEART AND SMILE, ALWAYS SEEMED TO BE HAPPY, LOVED HIS FAMILY SO MUCH. I HAVE MEMORIES OF FAMILY GET TOGETHERS, ALWAYS SO FUN TO BE AROUND, SPECIAL TIMES, WISH WE COULD GO BACK IN TIME, HE IS IN HEAVEN WITH GOD NOW AND JUST SMILING DOWN WITH LOVE AS WE REMEMBER HIM. GOD BLESS YOU ALL DEAR COUSINS, MY LOVE, SANDY

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